HC Deb 05 May 1924 vol 173 cc63-4W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction in the Highlands of Scotland caused by the proposed Order in regard to sheep dipping, which would entail double dipping and isolation for 28 days before movement to another area; and whether, having regard to the geographical considerations affecting so many of these isolated areas, he will consider the possibility of having only the farms on which the disease exists scheduled and isolated?


I have been asked to reply. I am aware that there is some opposition to the regulations which a number of local authorities of the Lowland Counties propose to make, requiring sheep, before movement into those counties from the remainder of Scotland, to be dipped twice, with an interval of not less than seven and not more than 14 days between the dippings, within the 28 days immediately preceding movement. With regard to the second part, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry is receiving a deputation on the 14th instant from the Scottish National Farmers' Union and a number of local authorities in the Highlands and Lowlands, and, pending consideration of their representations, I do not see my way to make any pronouncement on the subject.